This week we came back from quite a long storytime break (4 weeks!!!) and I wanted to start off with a bang! So, what better theme than DINOSAURS!!! We had a lot of fun practicing our gigantic ROARS with some fantastic books.

First we readEdwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems.

Edwina, the dinosaur who didn't know she was extinct

I love reading Mo Willems’ books in storytime because not only do the kids always have a fun time, but the adults in the room usually enjoy them too. Not quite as popular as his Pigeon or Knuffle Bunny books, Edwina is one of my favorites. It is really fun to read aloud and a great way to get storytime started out!

The next book we read was Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea.

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime

I have read this book with my evening storytime crew before but hadn’t had an opportunity to share with the morning kids. This book is very popular at the library and goes out all of the time. I will admit, at first I thought it was a crazy choice for a storytime but the kids really get into it.

We finished with How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food

I have often read another of this duo’s books, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?, and while I don’t think this one is quite as awesome it was still a hit with the kids. I don’t think seeming dinosaurs making the wrong choices and acting silly ever gets old. I especially like the dinosaur who smashes oranges in his toes (gross!)

For craft this week I got a little help from an old college pal. A few weeks back during a g-chat we were discussing craft ideas. She is extremely creative and clever and she sent me the template she used for a dino finger puppet. This was the perfect craft for this week because it required so little preparation. I had the pleasant surprise of a local nursery bringing in a group of their kids at the last minute and it was easy for me to whip up a few more so everyone would be able to participate.

Thanks a lot Alex for letting me use your awesome craft!

Here is a link to the Dino Puppet Template.